Academic Research Facilities

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Institute of Biomedical Science

Director KINASHI Tatsuo

Pursuing Biomedical Phenomena : Clarifying Disease Etiologies, Researching and Developing Radical Tr

Based on the standardized Medical Education Model Core Curriculum, students work in small using patient models to acquire necessary medical knowledge about organs and systems and incorporate it into their clinical knowledge. After learning the introductory knowledge of medicine during the 1st year, students will learn basic and social medicine during the 2nd and 3rd year, basic clinical skills such as simulated cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training, medical interviewing and other techniques used in clinical practice until the end of 4th year. By the end of the 4th year, students take national achievement examinations, Computer-Based Testing (CBT) and Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCE), to evaluate their general medical knowledge and clinical skills, and receive provisional license as a student doctor (clinical training permission).
During the 1st and 2nd semesters of the 5th year, students participate actively in a clinical clerkship, rotating through all clinical departments. During the 3rd semester of the 5th year and the 1st semester of the 6th year, students may choose electives among various clinical departments and from off-campus clinical facilities, 3 nearby universities and their affiliated hospitals, or overseas facilities.

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Central Research Center

Director NAKAMURA Tomoyuki

Shared-use research facilities supports all of KMU

The Central Research Center is a joint experiment facility for laboratories throughout KMU. The center has everything from general-purpose to advanced lab equipment, including imaging devices such as a confocal microscope and an electron microscope, flow cytometry devices such as four sets of analyzers and two cell sorters, and biochemistry devices such as an autosequencer, a mass spectrometer and a plate reader, as well as a P3-level experiment room. The defining characteristics of the center include the fact that any KMU researcher can make ready use of the latest sophisticated research equipment with the support of the center’s three full-time technologists, and a representative for each department sits on the Central Research Center Use Committee in order to ensure fair and democratic use of the center. The Central Research Center occupies the fifth and sixth floors of the North Wing on the Hirakata Campus and has recently undergone a significant expansion, which includes the addition of an all new open access clinical research laboratory. In this regard, the Central Research Center continues to grow in importance as a core facility supporting a host of research activities at KMU.

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Laboratory Animal Center

Director UENO Hiroo

Proper husbandry and environments for experimental disease-model animals and gene-modified animals

Historically, animal experiments have played a major role in development of modern-day physiology and medicine. The understanding of life has advanced both at the molecular and cellular levels; therefore, necessity is increasing in life sciences research to use laboratory animals for in vivo analyses. In the fields of regenerative medicine, immunology, neurophysiology, and stem cell biology, we have achieved substantial, epoch-making results in Kansai Medical University by using various laboratory animals. Moreover, reflecting recent advances in genome studies and the increasingly daily use of gene-modified animals, such as transgenic and geneknockout mice, KMU is working to ensure humane and scientifically appropriate environments for experimental animals.

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Molecular Imaging Center Of Diseases

Director ITO Seiji

Developing patient diagnosis and treatment methods using a cutting-edge molecular imaging system

 The Molecular Imaging Center of Diseases was established in September 2011 after KMU was selected for the Systematic Elucidation of Pathogenesis and Development of Diagnosis and Treatment by Molecular Imaging Project under MEXT’s 2011 Strategic Research Base Development Program for Private Universities. The university applied to this program because of its commitment to further develop transnational research toward treatment of intractable brain and nervous system disorders using restorative and regenerative medicine conducted by its Brain Medical Research Center from 2006 to 2010, which had received support from the Academic Frontier Program. The center uses cutting-edge molecular imaging systems to systematically elucidate the disease state of patient and animal model conditions in order to eventually develop diagnostic and treatment methods. Located on the fifth floor of the Hirakata Campus’ North Wing, the Molecular Imaging Center of Diseases consists of three research divisions covering the fields of neuroscience, cancer, metabolism as well as a support division. Together it conducts strategic, interdisciplinary, and university-wide research as well as serves as a hub for the university’s development of up-and-coming researchers.

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